– the Federal Government's platform on the topic of antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem that affects humans, animals, agriculture and the environment.

StAR Strategy

StAR – Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance

Together with the international community, Switzerland is challenged to prevent the emergence of new resistances and to limit their transmission and spread.

This is the goal of the Swiss Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR), which is implemented by the four federal agencies FOPH, FOAG, FOAG and FOEN in collaboration with stakeholders. This One Health approach is crucial to ensure the effectiveness of antibiotics.

Currently, the One Health Action Plan 2024-27 of the Strategy Antibiotic Resistance Switzerland (StAR) is being developed with various partners and stakeholders from research, politics and industry.

The action plan will set new impulses. The aim is to effectively combat the «silent pandemic» of antimicrobial resistance. Required for this is the consistent implementation of the One Health approach.

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OpenHealth Datathon, 21st June 2024, Novartis Pavillon Basel

Share your expertise together with people who experienced antimicrobial resistance, healthcare professionals, designers and technologists to envision possible technology solutions to the challenge of resistance development. OpenHealth Datathon is a half-day event where participants gather to work together in teams, through tools and techniques based on data, to imagine and prototype future solutions to help citizens and doctors face situations and consequences of antimicrobial resistance. The event is organised by the MAKEAWARE! initiative, part of the Spearhead project and supported by Innosuisse.
Registration is now open from this link.

In focus

Views on antibiotic resistance

See how professionals from the fields of human and animal health answer questions on the subject of antibiotic resistance.  

Interview with Prof. Dr. Stephan Harbarth

Interview with Dr. Domenica Flury

Interview with Dr. Barbara Willi

Correct use of antibiotics

The number of cases of antibiotic resistance is rising globally, increasing the risk that bacterial infections in humans and animals will become very difficult or impossible to treat. Every year in Switzerland, among other countries, people and animals are infected with bacteria which can no longer be treated with antibiotics.

Protect yourself and your family by using antibiotics correctly.

Humans, animals, agriculture and the environment.

The FOPH provides trustworthy specialist information and so enhances the knowledge of patients, doctors and pharmacists, thereby enabling them to assume their responsibility in handling antibiotics.

Through its work, the FSVO establishes a framework to keep animals healthy and reduce the need for antibiotics. In applying this guiding principle, antibiotic resistance and disease among animals can be prevented.

Farmers and veterinarians are encouraged to promote animal health through disease prevention. The FOAG helps them to assume their responsibility and contribute to maintaining the effectiveness of antibiotics under the holistic One Health principle.

The FOEN supports the expansion of wastewater treatment plants so that concentrations of antibiotics and other micropollutants in our water can be significantly reduced. Research on antibiotic resistance in the water cycle also plays an important role.

Press releases

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Newsletter StAR

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Newsletter Swiss Strategy on Antibiotic Resistance (StAR)

StAR publishes an electronic newsletter that regularly informs interested people about the status of the implementation of the StAR strategy.

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